Dec 22, 2011

Big move, Bright city. An Ghealchathair



Gaeilge ar lean.




Decisions decisions
For quite some time I had been quietly debating coming to London. That said, the swiftness of how things fell into place caught me by surprise: In early August I came to London for a holiday as I hadn't taken a break in some time. But with CVs in my bag and an audition organised, in reality it was more of a reconnaissance than a holiday. 


The Guardian/Poster Poems

Only the brave
While on my trip, I met a few people staying in my hostel who inspired me with their bravery. People who had simply packed up shop and arrived in the city without a job or long-term accommodation arranged in advance. I witnessed first-hand the financial pressures involved (accommodation being so expensive in London a major factor). I also saw an Australian girl from my dorm find work which made the idea of leaving home seem not only possible, but adventurous.

Inspiration or madness.
In a moment of inspiration, I sent an email to my letting agent in Dublin saying that I'd be moving out in a month: The first crucial decision of many from which there was no turning back. I would have less than a month to get myself organised.

Landing
I flew back into London late Monday night on the 5th of September without having anywhere to stay organised for my second night. But putting foot in front of foot I found somewhere to suit my budget that would be a good base for starting out here.

Brass tacks.
Every week day morning I’d get up before six, have my breakfast and start. There were two computers where I was staying which were barely ever used (especially during the day) and it was much easier than sending e-mails from my phone. 

A play.
Surprisingly or not, it wasn't via e-mail but through someone I was introduced to that first afternoon in London that I landed my first stage acting job in the city; a multi-character role in the play 'My Father's Watch.' I started by doing play readings for the group (London Irish Theatre) on Tuesday evenings and then recorded a radio play 'Cattle Raid of Cooley' playing the part of Morrigan, Goddess of War. 

The cutting room.
I also got a showreel cut with Spotlight which I was waiting to do for a long time: YouTube

£6.08
About a month after making the big move, I found somewhere to live, another leap of sorts as I knew there would be financial responsibilties associated with a property lease. Thankfully rehearsals had just begun for the play so I didn't particulary feel I was abandoning my acting work by doing some waitressing. This type of temping seemed to fit comfortably around my schedual, although initially the minimum wage was quite a shock (£6.08 p/h). And still is.
 
Beginnings.
I am about three months into my stay here and everything is still new, although I don't feel outlandishly strange; in fact, there seems to be a lot more people from other countries here than there are from London. On the flip side I have yet to get a clear sense of a shared London experience. There is a busyness and constant motion to the city, and although trade and industry might seem the obvious focus of most cities, the wheels of finance seems to be the ever moving axle on which everything rotates in this city. If I were to chose a word that might epitomise London, it would be "survival".





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Le tamall fada go leor bhíos ag déanamh machnaimh ciúin ar theacht go Londain. Ach ar deireadh ba chinneál iontas dom féin an chaoi gur thárla sé: i dtús Mí Lunasa tháinig mé ar saoire go Londain os rud é nach raibh mé as baile le fada, ach le CVanna i mo mhála agus éisteacht eagraithe is níos mó mar reconnaissance a bhí sé i ndáiríre.

Ní folláir bheith misneach
Agus mé thar lear bhuail mé le daoine eile ar spreag mé lena misneach. Daoine ar thug aghaidh ar Londain gan dada eagraithe roimh réidh i dtaobh poist nó lóistíne fadtéarmach. Bhí radharc agam ar an mbrú i dtaobh airgidis de (costas lóistine gearrtéarmach mar phríomhcheann acu), agus ar an lámh eile chonaic dom cailín Astrálach ón suanlios ag teacht ar obair. Bhraith mé ní hamháin go mba fiú é, ach freisin go mba cinneál eachtra é.

Inspioráid nó díchéile

Mar a mbeadh splanc díchéile inspioráide ann, sheol mé r-phost chuig an letting agent i mB.Á.C ag rá go mbeinn ag fágáil i gceann míosa: cinneadh cinniúnach nach mbeadh aon teacht siar as –bheadh níos lú ná mí agam leis an bplean a tharraingt le chéile.

Tuirlingt

Thuirling mé i Londain don athuair go déanach ar 5ú Meán Fomhair gan fiú áit le fanacht curtha in áireamh agam don darna oíche. Trí cos a chur os comhair coise tháinig mé ar áit fheilliúnach dom’ bhuiséad agus le mé fhéin a bhunú anseo.

Céimeanna bisigh

D’éirínn roimh a sé gach maidin don tseachtain, d’ithinn bricfeásta agus thosnaínn. Is annamh gur baineadh leas as an dá ríomhaire áit a raibh mé ag fanacht (ach go háirithe i rith an lae) agus is furasta ar fad a bhí sé ná r-phoist a sheoladh ón nguthán póca.

Dráma stáitse
Iontas ar iontas (nó b’fhéidir nárbh é a chur ar bith) ní de bharr r-phoist ar bith ar tháinig mé ar mo chéad pháirt stáitse i Londain (Páirt ilcharachtair sa dráma 'My Father’s Watch') ach trí duine ar casadh liom ar an gcéad lá. Thosaigh mé amach ag déanamh roinnt léamh drámaí don ghrúpa (London Irish Theatre) ar iarnóntaí Máirt agus ansin rinne mé taifead ar dráma raidió 'Cattle Raid of Cooley' i bpáirt Morrigan, Bandia an chogaidh.

An seomra gearrtha

Ina dteannta sin ghearr mé showreel le Spotlight, rud ar theastaigh uaim a dhéanamh le cuíosach fada : YouTube

£6.08

Tháinig mé ar áit cónaithe mí i ndiaidh dom an baile a fhágáil, puc léimt eile de chinneál mar thuig mé go mbeadh dualgaisí airgidis orm agus léas sínithe. Mo bhuíochas mór go raibh cleachtuithe ‘théis tosnú, mar sin níor bhraith mé go mór go raibh mé ag tréigint an obair aisteoireachta trí bheith ag freastalaíocht boird, agus d’oir an cinneál obair sealadach seo don sceideal freisin, cé gur bhain an íosphá siar asam. (£6.08) Agus baineann fós.                                                                                                                                                                 
Tús úr

Táim tuairim is trí mhí anseo anois agus táim fós ag dul i dtaithí air, cé nach airím go hiomlán mar choimhthíoch; i ndáiríre is cosúil go bhfuil níos mó daoine ó thíortha eile anseo ná mar atá ó Londain. Ar an lámh eile níor airigh mé i gceart fós, mothú comh-eispéaras Londain. Tá sodar agus gnó faoin gcathair, síor bogadh; agus cé go meastar go bhfuil tionsclaíocht agus trádáil mar phríomhfheidhmeanna cathair ar bith, tá an cosúlacht air go bhfuil rothaí móra an airgidis mar phointe casta is gach gnéith eile ag freastal uirthi i Londain. Tagann “troid chun marthana” chun intinn mar nath a thabharfadh leiriú ar an gcathair.